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Educational Programs

Dental Assistant

 

Program description

Become a valuable part of a dental office with MCTC’s accredited Dental Assistant Program. Whether you are new to the field, currently work in a dental office and want to become a Dental Assistant or you are a Dental Assistant seeking an expanded functions certificate, MCTC provides the training you need.

Program start and location

Students can register into the Dental Support Personnel Certificate courses each semester.

PLEASE NOTE: Not all the dental assistant (DNTA) courses are offered each semester. Dental Office Support Personnel DNTA courses are offered only fall semester. Students’ progress into the Dental Assistant Diploma program spring semester only. Students are accepted into the Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certificate program spring semester only.

Degree options and requirements 

Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.

What you will learn

  • The Dental Office Support Personnel Certificate is a one-semester program that will prepare you to work in dental offices and clinics providing support to other credentialed dental personnel and/or office staff.
  • The Dental Office Support Personnel Certificate program introduces you to common dental terms, equipment and health/safety issues.
  • The Dental Assistant Diploma program will increase your knowledge to work chairside with the dentist and his or her patients, perform a variety of patient cares, provide assistance within the business office and/or complete laboratory duties.
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  • Dental Assistant coursework includes basic and dental sciences, dental materials, chairside assisting, radiology, Minnesota expanded functions and clinical experience. The goal is to ensure you will be an indispensable member of a dental health team.
  • The Dental Assistant program’s classroom, preclinical and clinical experiences will prepare you to take the Certification Examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) and the Licensure and Jurisprudence Examinations offered by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
  • The Expanded Functions Dental Assistant Certificate program provides training in order to provide direct patient care in general or specialty dental offices.
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Points of pride

  • The Dental Office Support Personnel certificate is the only entry into the dental assistant career field—and the only program of its kind in Minnesota.
  • The program’s classroom, preclinical and clinical experiences prepare students to take the Certification Examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board and the Licensure Examination offered by the Minnesota Board of Dentistry.
  • The Dental Assistant program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association (ADA), and approved by the Minnesota State Board of Dentistry.

Where you could work

  • Public and/or private dental offices
  • Single- or multiple-provider dental clinics
  • General or specialty dental offices
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  • Dental laboratory
  • Dental insurance companies
  • Dental supply companies
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Potential job titles

  • Certified Dental Assistant
  • Licensed Dental Assistant
  • Dental Office Receptionist
  • Dental Laboratory Technician

Occupational Outlook

Career opportunities for dental assistants have been considered excellent in recent years. According to the U.S. Government's Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the field has been projected to grow steadily through 2018. Long-term prospects are solid, given such factors as the expanding and aging U.S. population, a heightened focus on preventative dental care, and increasing workloads for dentists (which will drive a need to hire assistants to perform routine tasks).

School

This program is part of the School of Nursing, Health Sciences and Public Services.

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